I’m sure I’m not alone in associating holidays and food. Sometimes it seems that for me the holidays are all about the food. I just made it through Thanksgiving without completely sabotaging my health with food, but it wasn’t easy. I’m already thinking ahead about Christmas. My house is decorated and the next thing that popped into my mind was what kind of cookies I wanted to bake. If I only baked them, then gave them away it would be one thing, and that may be what I do, but it isn’t really what I was thinking and feeling. Don’t get me wrong, food isn’t the only thing I associate with holidays, but it is a very powerful association for me and a real danger point for my health and well-being.
Setup (karate chop point): Every time I think about the holidays I get images of food. I wish I didn’t. I would much prefer to associate holidays with something other than food. Even though I have this unwanted association between holidays and food, I choose to love myself anyway. Even though I have this unwanted association between holidays and food, I choose to accept my feelings. Even though I have these unwanted associations between the holidays and food, I choose to accept myself anyway and to remember that I am a work in progress.
Side of Eye…IF you took the food away I don’t know what would be left
Under the Eye…Unfortunately, most holiday foods aren’t very good for me
Under the Nose…And overeating seems to be the norm
Chin…It doesn’t feel like the holiday without cheesy goodness. Mmmm cheese balls and crackers
Collarbone…It is not a real holiday without cookies and candies. Mmmm homemade caramels and gingerbread
Under the Arm…It doesn’t feel like the holiday without appetizers and snacks. Mmmm caramel pop corn
Top of Head…There has been so much focus on the food that I don’t know what else to do to get that warm nostalgic feeling
Side of Eye…I choose to look for new symbols to make myself feel good
Under the Eye…Even though I seem to have always focused on the food
Under the Nose…I choose to focus more on the people and relationships
Chin…Even though food has always been a huge part of the holiday for me
Collarbone…I choose to find other ways to have fun
Under the Arm…I am afriad that without the food it just won’t seem right
Top of Head…But I choose to find other ways to celebrate
Eyebrow…I love and accept my thoughts about this
Side of Eye…I love and accept my feelings about this
Under the Eye…I love and accept my willingness to learn new ways of celebrating
Chin…I am open to clarity about my relationship with the holidays
Collarbone…I chose to enjoy food
Under the Arm…Without making it the most important part of my holiday
Top of Head…I am looking forward to embracing my new and improved holiday celebrations
This tapping, and others like it, can be found in Don’t Diet.